Milan | MUDEC opens its permanent collection and new exhibitions

MUDEC Museum Milan Inexhibit 31

On 28 October 2015, the MUDEC – Museum of Cultures in Milan inaugurates its permanent collection and at the same time presents a lively program of special exhibitions, meetings, conferences and workshops.

The permanent exhibition of MUDEC, divided into seven thematic sections, showcases over 200 artworks, tools, textiles, musical instruments and documents related to non-European cultures – from Middle and Far East, Latin America, Africa, and Oceania – covering a period of time extending from 1200 BC to the 20th century. Pieces on view represent a selection from the about 8,000 artifacts of the Ethnographic collection of the City of Milan.

Above: MUDEC’s foyer. Photo © Inexhibit

MUDEC Milano collezione permanente

Jaguar-shaped bottle, Terracotta, Peru, 2nd-3rd century, © MUDEC, Museo delle Culture di Milano

Among the temporary exhibitions on program, we particularly suggest:

A Beautiful Confluence. Anni and Joseph Albers and the Latin American World 
The exhibition presents the work by two pioneers of Modernism, both members of the Bauhaus, Joseph Albers – educator, painter and designer – and Anni Albers (née Fleischmann) – textile designer and writer. Their works are exhibited together with the pre-Columbian artifacts they collected throughout all life, after leaving Germany for the United States in 1933.
28 October 2015 through 21 February 2016


Josef Albers , Variant/Adobe: Familiar Front, 1948, Oil on masonite. © Josef and Anni Albers Foundation

Gauguin. Tales from Paradise
About 70 artworks by Paul Gauguin – on loan from museums and private collections – are on view alongside with with objects and pictures from the places he frequented, so to contextualize the production of the French artist and cast a glimpse on his visual references, from Brittany’s folk art to the Ancient Egypt, from the Inca civilization to Polynesian cultures.
28 October 2015 through 21 February 2016

MUDEC Milano mostra Gauguin exhibition

Paul Gauguin, Reclining Thaitian women (Arearea no varua ino, “Words of the Devil ”), 1894
Oil on canvas, cm 60 x 98, © Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen /Photo: Ole Haupt

Barbie. The Icon
Hands up who has never played with a Barbie at least once. The exhibition “Barbie. The Icon” depicts how Barbara Millicent Robert – her full name – has become an emblem of the aesthetic transformations of the most different cultures along more than fifty years, demolishing all linguistic, cultural and anthropological barriers.
28 October 2015 through 13 March 2016

MUDEC Milano mostra Barbie doll exhibition

Barbie and her many professional characters, over 156 since 1959. © Mattel Inc.

For further info:

Text by Federica Lusiardi, Inexhibit
Images courtesy of MUDEC,
Cover photo by Riccardo Bianchini, Inexhibit

sponsored links

More in Milan



copyright Inexhibit 2022 - ISSN: 2283-5474